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Top Spots For Brunch In Cape Town
It's never too late for breakfast or too early for lunch
Brunch takes all the best elements of both breakfast and lunch and combines them into one long, lazy meal that stretches into the early afternoon. It can be a light, bubbly affair or it can include some serious eating (followed by a nap), either way Capetonians do it well. Here are some of our favourite spots for brunch.
Thali Thali Game Lodge
Picture this; breaking open a freshly baked bran or blueberry muffin, knifing out a generous helping of butter and watching it melt as you spread it across the confectionary creation, all the while revelling in the unobstructed view of the Western Cape horizon. There are only a few places in and around the Mother City that afford bro’s and broads who love to brunch such a marvellous experience. Thali Thali is one such place. Located 120kms from Cape Town, the tranquil game lodge is the perfect place to brunch. The zebras, giraffes, springbok and lone camel wandering among the grounds, the sweet smell of fynbos and other wild flowers growing free will make the perfect backdrop for your mid-morning meal. Owners Thys and Amali van Niekerk will gladly open up their on-site restaurant to treat you to some hearty, generously portioned food, and be sure to make a turn on Sundays when they host their lunch buffet that runs between 12pm and 3pm. While you’re there you can treat yourself to a walk along one of their three hiking trails, or go on a game drive and see the wonderful wild animals in their natural habitat.
R27 | Langebaan | West Coast | + 27 (0) 82 372 8637
Sotano by Caveau
With a breakfast menu available from 7am until 12:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays, this beautiful Mediterranean-inspired restaurant is a seaside spot primed for starting the weekend on a fresh and early-ish note. While sitting inside at one of the eatery’s trendy long wooden tables or outside amidst the expansive ocean view, brunchers can choose from Israeli-inspired items like Shakshouka (red pepper, grilled tomato and eggs with rye bread) or a flat bread with spinach, bacon, Parmesan cheese and sunny-side up eggs. Classic items are served up too, like roasted wild mushrooms with parsley and rye bread, and an English breakfast with all of the meaty trimmings. For those who can’t make the 12:30pm call, the lunch menu cooks up comfort foods like patatas bravas and, keeping with Sotano’s theme, mammoth lamb burgers with hummus, tzatziki, crispy onion rings and avocado. Not to mention, patrons who exchange coffee for cocktails and stay until 4pm on a Sunday will hear live music in the form of jazz or reggae as they watch the Mouille Point sunset.
121 Beach Road | Mouille Point City Bowl | +27 (0)21 433 1757
126 Cape Café at The Hilton Hotel
Situated in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel in Bo Kaap, 126 Cape Café is housed in one of only four halaal certified hotels in Cape Town. As a brunch option, 126 Cape Café offers the perfect pairing of Ronnefeldt specialty teas and freshly baked pastries, that are served on crockery that have a bit of a rustic unconventional feel. As a rule of thumb, 126 Cape Café offers freshly baked croissants, either filled or not, as well as cookies and muffins, of which the flavours change quite often. A wide variety of Ronnefeldt specialty teas are also on offer as a potable, while enjoying some of their delicious edible options at this upmarket hotspot. Choose between the Ronnefeldt rooibos chocolate truffle tea, the masala chai tea, and matcha tea, to name but a few. For the sweet toothed, mini mono-cakes are also on the menu, including black forest, strawberry cheesecake, and various flavoured tarts. With the tea and pastry pairing, the best offerings are on the menu, including the milk and fynbos honey wedge, cardamom and pistachio scented macaroon, as well as the lemon and lime spiked meringue.
Hilton Cape Town City Centre | Buitengracht Street | Cape Town| +27 (0)21 481 3700
Isabella’s Cake and Food Shop
Sitting pretty in Durbanville, this quirky spot offers guests a wide variety of tasty morning fare. With options like biltong, blue cheese, olive-filled croissants; toasted smoked salmon, egg and cream cheese bagels; and an open omelette with potato wedges, cheddar, sun-dried tomatoes, lamb, bacon, olives, onions and mushrooms, guests are truly spoilt for choice. Breakfast is served all day long, which means Saturday 8am to 5pm and Sunday 9am to 3pm. Not to mention, the coffee is bottomless!
Shop 9 | Heritage Square | Vrede Street Durbanville | +27 (0)21 976 6037
Melissa's The Food Shop
Nothing gets better than cutting into the soft skin of a poached egg and having the golden goodness ooze out. Few things beat biting into a warm butter croissant loaded with jam, cheese and fresh cream. At Melissa’s The Food Shop you can have it all - and then some. With a menu bursting with all your brunch favourites you can choose to start with your share of a smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich, indulge in a slice of guilt-free, wheat-free orange and carrot cake, and wash it all down with a satisfying smoothie or cappuccino. If you’re looking for a heartier brunch dish; try their chicken and leek pie or take a gander at what they have on offer at their charming harvest table - you’re sure to find something you like. This comfortably rustic delicatessen is the perfect place to brunch. And if you find it near impossible to leave worry not; there are a number of food items and goodies that you can take home to enjoy so the goodness doesn’t have to end.
94 Kloof Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 5540
Lighthouse Restaurant at the Blue Peter Hotel
Based in Bloubergstrand, this eatery serves up a delicious buffet breakfast from 7am to 10am daily. For just R125 p/p, patrons can look forward to a continental spread, which includes everything from pastries to fresh fruit, to cold meats and cheeses, as well as the traditional English breakfast items. There is an assortment of Twinings tea to choose from, as well as good quality coffee.
8 Popham Street | Bloubergstrand | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 554 1956
Haute Cabriére Wine Estate and Restaurant
Located approximately 75-kms from Cape Town in one of South Africa’s oldest French heritage towns, Franschhoek, this family-run winery – and home of Pierre Jourdan – overlooks the spectacular wine valley boasting some of the most breathtaking views of the Cape Winelands region. Its eatery, Haute Cabriére Restaurant offers visitors a wide range of seasonal fare ideal for brunch, lunch and dinner. Guests have the option of choosing from the estate’s a la carte menu or from its ‘True Marriage of Food and Wine’ menu. Delectable offerings include grilled Dalewood camembert (served with Chardonnay pinot noir, garlic and thyme ciabatta batons), berry pancakes (served with maple syrup, butternut sorbet and seed streusel) and a fresh Chef’s salad (roast seasonal vegetables, humus served with a basil vinaigrette), to name but a few yummy brunch options. Enjoy!
Ou Meul Bakkery
This cosy and chic Willowbridge haunt serves up a classic brunch until 6pm daily, including Saturdays. Items like croque madame and eggs benedict are on offer, and their baked goods are made on site daily and include brioche, rye bread and a host of sweet selections like croissants, pain au chocolat, sticky buns and toasted banana bread. Not to mention, patrons can stare at rolling hills through ceiling-high windows.
G40 Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre | Durbanville | +27 (0)21 914 0540
Savour Restaurant at 15 on Orange
The spectacular bottomless (yes, bottomless!) bubbly buffet at the chic and sophisticated Savour restaurant at the 15 on Orange hotel takes its cue from the lavish brunches held at famed New York establishments like The Plaza Hotel and Waldorf Astoria. The bubbly buffet happens on the first Sunday of each month from 12:30pm until 4pm and the affair features more than 20 gourmet dishes, most of which reflect the time of day (think less breakfast-y and more lunch-y). The decadent spread includes a host of starters, like roast vegetable roulade and duck liver crème brûlée, and a carvery with items like chermoula lamb cutlets and hazelnut-crusted beef filet mignon. In addition to this, there is an extensive seafood selection that includes freshly shucked oysters with lemon and sauce mignonette – a perfect companion to the endless MCC that comes with the buffet. Sip on bubbly as much as your heart desires for only R495 p/p, while children are whisked away to the hotel’s Sound Room to be entertained. Parking is inclusive in the price for the duration of your stay, and Protea card holders pay R495 per couple. Do note that children under 12 years eat for free.
15 on Orange Hotel | Cnr Grey’s Pass & Orange Street | City Centre | +27 (0)21 469 8000
This cutesy café in Claremont is where you’ll find dishes that comprise pasture-reared meat and locally grown veggies. Starlings serve up tasty, tummy-friendly dishes like biodynamic eggs, brioche toast with bacon and Dijon hollandaise sauce, and poached pears served with Greek yoghurt and toasted almonds. Those on popular diets, like Banting and Paleo, are catered for with options that include carbohydrate-free bread, soft-poached eggs, smoked salmon and cauliflower rice, and with a variety of non-meat options like avocado, homemade pesto and salsa toast, Starlings is vegan-friendly too. This Southern Suburbs-based spot also boasts delightful pencil drawings of starlings on the walls and a gorgeous fountain outside, which creates a soothing ambiance.
94 Belvedere Road | Claremont | +27 (0)21 671 6875
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